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Jouflas Loop

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Length


7.8 Miles 12.6 Kilometers


644' 196 m

Ascent

-641' -195 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

5,035' 1,535 m

High

4,431' 1,350 m

Low

Shared By Janice Shepherd

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A combined singletrack and road hike with great views of the Colorado River.

Janice Shepherd

Dogs Unknown

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

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Description

The trailhead is near a cattle guard. It is best to start this loop hike in the morning when the road is quieter. Hike down the road about 1.5 miles to the McDonald Canyon trailhead. There is an outhouse at this trailhead. Take McDonald Creek Trail and watch for the cairn on the left marking the start of Jouflas Trail at about 2 miles from the start of the hike. The singletrack trail continues in a southern direction until reaching the rim overlooking the Colorado River.

The trail now hugs the rim giving you lots of opportunities to see the river rushing far below. At about the 5 1/2 mile mark, the trail turns away from the river and now follows below some dramatic sandstone cliffs. Watch for cairns (small stacked piles of rocks) when the trail crosses sections of slick rock. The singletrack trail weaves through the juniper forest until it reaches a cattle fence. The Jouflas Trail follows the fence until it gets you back to your parked vehicle.

Flora & Fauna

Watch for bald eagles along the river in the winter. Western bluebirds are often seen. Lots of wildflowers in the spring.

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Nov 30, 2017
Sally Forth
Very nice trail with great views and climbing up and down through the junipers, slick rock and washes with interesting areas to explore near the trail 8mi
Apr 8, 2017
Ryan Shipp
7.9mi — 4h 37m
Apr 8, 2017
Thomas H
7.8mi

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  4.0 from 6 votes

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#347

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